cover image Lobos: A Wolf Family Returns to the Wild

Lobos: A Wolf Family Returns to the Wild

Brenda Peterson, photos by Annie Marie Musselman. Little Bigfoot, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-63217-084-2

Musselman’s striking photographs chronicle the journey that one family of Mexican gray wolves, lobos, takes from a sanctuary in Washington State to their eventual release into the Mexican wilderness. In informed, descriptive prose, Peterson writes about how hunting brought the species to the brink of extinction and details animal biologists’ systematic efforts to reintroduce them to Mexico. The voyage is a dangerous one: “At the airport cargo dock, the lobo family is loaded as baggage. No tranquilizers. It’s too risky. The wolves must stay wide-awake so they don’t get airsick and choke.” In New Mexico, the wolves are taken one step closer to the wilderness in a large habitat overseen by scientists—and it’s discovered that Mother Wolf is again pregnant. Finally, the wolves are all released into their new home. Peterson offers an uplifting story of wildlife conservation efforts in action. Back matter includes additional information about the family, a map of Mexican gray wolf territory, and wolf facts. Ages 5–9. [em](Aug.) [/em]